FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do I Have to Pay for so called Contact Fitting, if I Already Wear Contacts ?
The "fitting" is really just the term for Dr's fee to discuss, prescribe & manage your case for contacts, after completing your standard eye exam for glasses. The fee is higher for more complex contacts like astigmatism or bifocals. It may involve measuring corneal curvature, putting on trial lenses (or even ordering in trials), looking under eyelids for allergy signs--- or maybe, just looking at the old parameters on boxes and updating powers. It includes some no cost aftercare for 1 to 12 months as needed or required by some insurances, to evaluate problems or prescribe meds for infection or inflammation.
How Much Do Progressives (no line bifocals) Cost?
They vary between basic wholesale type generics for $100/pair or Premium Brands like Varilux for $200 to $300 that are designed and manufactured in such a way to control distortion in the periphery and reading areas for your individual prescription to maximize your viewing experience.
Do I Have To Get My Pupils Dilated?
Not Necessarily. Some pupils are naturally larger, and or small pupil ophthalmoscopes can be used to view the retina. However, if you have diabetes, other retinal conditions, and or specific symptoms, dilation may be needed.
Can I Drive Myself Home After Dilation?
Most patient's Post Dilation Vision will qualify to drive themselves home with dark glasses provided by our office. The Dr. can advise you at your examination.
Will Medicare Cover My Exam & Glasses?
Medicare does not pay for routine eye exams. There must be symptoms and medically related condition such as cataract, diabetes, dry eye, etc. Medicare does not pay for the refraction fee part of your exam to determine a prescription for glasses. Medicare does not pay for glasses except a ONE-TIME inexpensive pair directly after cataract surgery.